YAWNA - Yet Another Wireless Networking Article

Written by Erich Heintz

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Title ----- YAWNA - Yet Another Wireless Networking Article Wireless Network Security ------------------------------------------------------ The consumer-level wireless networking market has exploded overrepparttar 142010 past few years. Unfortunately, manufacturers have been lax in explainingrepparttar 142011 potential security risks associated with their products. Typical instructions bundled with consumer products are geared towards getting you up and running as quickly as possible. Only recently has consumer equipment begun shipping with basic security measures enabled. Unfortunately, this effort is flawed byrepparttar 142012 fact that all devices typically ship withrepparttar 142013 same default configurations, makingrepparttar 142014 effort wasted.

Do People Really Care About Wireless Security -------------------------- While there are hundreds, if not thousands, of articles currently available on how to secure a wireless home network, they frequently address onlyrepparttar 142015 steps involved, ignoringrepparttar 142016 reasoning behind them. Of courserepparttar 142017 most obvious reason is to protectrepparttar 142018 data on your own network. Believe it or not, many people don’t see this as enough incentive. One of my own family members (who has an IT background, no less) once expressed to me thatrepparttar 142019 security of his network wasn’t of concern because he knew his individual machines were safe. He was right with regards to his systems; they were pretty secure. However, his belief that someone intruding on his network was there for his stuff was flawed.

Using Your Wireless Network For Fun & Profit ----------------------------------- Your bandwidth alone is a significant motivator forrepparttar 142020 less than scrupulous. Your unsecured wireless network can provide repparttar 142021 ultimate “anonymizer” for illicit activities. You may be facilitating a glorious “hacker” techno-battle, such as those portrayed inrepparttar 142022 movies and television. Perhaps an international spy needs to transmit secret data back to her superiors and decides to borrow your network to fulfill repparttar 142023 task. While not likely, you never know. Little Johnny Wants A New Toy ---------------------------------------------- Here’s a more realistic scenario:

Little Johnny has a stolen credit card number. We don’t know how he got it, it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that Johnny now wants to take advantage of his prize and knows exactly how. His reward will be one of those new handheld video games that are flying offrepparttar 142024 shelves. Johnny isn’t foolish enough to walk into a store and use his stolen credit card, he knows a better way. Johnny lives acrossrepparttar 142025 street from you and your unsecured wireless network

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What is Wiki? Wiki is web server software that allows users to contribute content. Collaboration isrepparttar key to Wiki, which is designed as a powerful system for online communities to build web pages and web sites. Unlike blogs and forums, all users are allowed to contribute and edit existing content. Wiki is derived fromrepparttar 141971 Hawaiian term "wiki wiki" meaning "quick". The concept behind a Wiki is that collaboration on projects will move it along quicker.

Wikis generally allow web pages to be written, edited and created collectively in a web browser. Wiki supports hyperlinks and simple text. Most Wikis are open, and allow any userrepparttar 141972 ability to editrepparttar 141973 contents of a Wiki web page. While some say this opensrepparttar 141974 concept to abuse, Wiki moderators and self-policing inrepparttar 141975 Wiki sector appear to be taking hold. Wiki supporters generally feel that it is generally easier to correct mistakes than createrepparttar 141976 content from scratch. Wikipedia is a standing symbol of what many would consider a succesful Wiki.

Wikipedia - Wikipedia is a popular content encyclopedia that anyone can edit. http://www.wikipedia.com

Other topic-specific Wikis like Robin Good's RSS Wiki are proving that collaborative efforts in niche markets can work.

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It is true that Wikis are open to abuse, but by design, it is very easy for a Wiki moderator or other editor to revertrepparttar 141977 Wiki to how it appeared prior to edits, essentially rolling backrepparttar 141978 Wiki and removing any content deemed inappropriate or unrelated. Many Wikis trackrepparttar 141979 IP address of visitors and editors, making it easy to track changes and roll back any edits from individuals that appear to be abusing their privileges. In rare cases Wiki operators can protect pages, making them read-only, which restricts any edits from occurring. While such actions are againstrepparttar 141980 true Wiki philosophy, restrictions can be used to preserverepparttar 141981 structure of fully-developed Wikis and protect pages from abuse.

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